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'Major Shift' Proposed for Wis. Evaluations

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For the first time, Wisconsin would have a standardized system for determining the best- and worst-performing educators, under a proposal outlined last week by state schools Superintendent Tony Evers.

The system would base half of a teacher's evaluation on classroom practices and the other half on student results, such as improvement on state and local tests; achievement of student, school, and district goals; and school reading scores and graduation rates.

Such a system "marks a major shift for Wisconsin," according to a preliminary report from a state task force. The state education department is studying the cost and legislation needed.

An evaluation system must be in place by 2014-15 for Wisconsin to qualify for a waiver of federal No Child Left Behind Act provisions.

Vol. 31, Issue 12, Page 4

Published in Print: November 16, 2011, as 'Major Shift' Proposed for Wis. Evaluations
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